Theatre Royal Stratford East
© Daniel Allen
Time Out says
Posted: Wed Jun 20 2012
A community theatre with many shows written, directed and performed by black or Asian artists, Theatre Royal is a great cultural hit in ethnically diverse Stratford. Musicals are big here – whether about hip hop or the Windrush generation. Kinks frontman Ray Davies penned the hit ‘Come Dancing’ for Theatre Royal Stratford East, while homegrown success ‘The Harder They Come’ made a West End transfer. New playwrights who fit the Theatre Royal bill are encouraged through various workshops: Voices in Exile supports writers from refugee backgrounds while Young Voices develops the work of 16- to 24-year-olds. There’s a gem of a comedy night on Mondays too. The gig, which takes place in the long bar upstairs, has great line-ups considering you’re not paying a penny. There’s a regular poetry night on Sundays and live music every evening from 6pm.
What's on at Theatre Royal Stratford East
Off-West End, Musicals, Drama
'EastEnders' star Jessie Wallace and Spandau Ballet man Gary Kemp join forces in this new production of Frank Norman, Lionel Bart and Joan LIttlewood's show which originally launched the career of Barbara Windsor. In the year of Littlewood's centenary,...
Off-West End, Drama
- Rating: 2/5
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